What’s happening around town Jan/Feb 2022

GoFundMe set up for KRKT’s Schuler

A GoFundMe has been established for KRKT 99.9-FM’s Scott Schuler and his family as he contends with atrial fibrillation and blood-clot issues that have resulted in a lengthy hospital stay.
As the station’s programming director, Schuler has been part of the “Cricket Family” since 1995. Born in the mid-Willamette Valley, the South Albany High School graduate and Linn-Benton Community College alumnus boasts an extensive knowledge of country-music history (even establishing connections with its figures) and a vocal repertoire of some 20 different character voices. Schuler and his wife, Angie, host “Cricket Country in the Morning,” a popular multiple-hour 6 a.m. mainstay.
Donations may be made at www.gofundme.com/f/scott-schuler-and-family.

ELCA to present  C.S. Lewis play

East Linn Christian Academy is presenting a stage play version of “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Valley Life Church, 90 E Vine St.
Admission is free, though donations are accepted.
The play is based on the classic novel by C.S. Lewis, telling the story of four English children who enter the world of Narnia via the magic of a wardrobe they find in a spare room in the house in which they are staying during World War II. They meet the lion Aslan, who gives his life to save one of the children, then rises from the dead, vanquishes the White Witch, and crowns the children Kings and Queens of Narnia.

Lumina Hospice offers seminar
Lumina Hospice will offer a free Zoom seminar on “Illuminating…The Power of Personalized Music” from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Naomi Hirsch, volunteer coordinator for the hospice, will discuss how music can be used to help those in pain, who are lonely or depressed, when someone has dementia, and during end-of-life care. She will explain how to create a personalized playlist for a loved one.
Register to attend at www.eventbrite.com/e/illuminatingthe-power-of-personalized-music-tickets-224117991947.

Low-vision group to address CBDs 

The Mid Valley Low Vision Support Group will present information about the use of medical cannabis to help or maintain certain low-vision problems during its next meeting, slated for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Brookdale Grand Prairie, 1929 Grand Prairie Road SE, Albany.
Rhea Graham, owner-operator of Albany’s Canna Kitchen, will lead the discussion. Medical  cannabis, or CBD, is used to treat glaucoma, cataracts and mascular degeneration, and is often prescribed by physicians for nausea, muscle spasms, epilepsy, chemotherapy discomfort and other physical and emotional reasons.
All are welcome to attend. There is no membership fee, and no reservations are required. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information, call (541) 974-6233.

OSU lecture series focuses on wildfire

Oregon State University is hosting a remote lecture series featuring speakers who will discuss what living with wildfire looks like in practice, both as individuals and as communities.
The 11-week “Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire” began Jan. 4 and includes lectures by artists, firefighters, biologists and more.
The Zoom series continues at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, with Cultural Fire Management Council director Margo Robbins’ “Climate Change and Native Knowledge.”
Lectures are held every Tuesday through March 15. It is free and open to everyone, but registration is required. Links to register are listed on the “Lookout” website at https://bit.ly/3pHP78Y.
Other series speakers include Jaime Love, whose 2021 book “Breathing Fire” follows the lives of incarcerated women fighting fires in California, on Feb. 1.

Nurses, ministers invited to meet

The Faith Community Health Network of the Mid-Willamette Valley meets from 4 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of the month – Jan. 26.
FCHN is a network of nurses and health ministers from diverse faiths across the Mid-Willamette Valley serving – or who want to serve – in their faith community and who are passionate to bring improved healthcare access and equity to the most vulnerable populations. Faith Community Nursing is a recognized nursing specialty that has grown in popularity with nurses who want to improve their spiritual care skills at any point in their career, or seasoned nurses retiring from their paid positions who want to keep their license active and use their expertise to serve their faith community.
Check the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce Calendar, email [email protected], or call Deb at (541) 248-0595 for info on upcoming meetings.

Square dance festival returns

Oregon Mid-Winter Square and Round Dance Festival returns this year to the Linn County Expo Center, 3700 Knox Butte Road E, Jan. 28-30.
The event will include dancing, shopping opportunities, workshops and fellowship. Cost is $60 per adult for the full festival, $35 for youths. Spectators are welcome to view events at no charge.
Square dance callers will be Ray Gallagher and Grent Mawdsley. Randy and Marie Preskitt will cue round dances and Andy Howard will serve as clogging instructor.
For  more information, visit www.midwinterfestival.com or

Deadline nears for culture grant

Tuesday, Feb. 1, is the deadline to apply for a grant from Linn County Cultural Coalition to fund projects and activities that involve and promote arts, humanities, historical heritage activities, community pride and creative expression throughout Linn County.
Grants are typically awarded in the range of $250 to $2,500. Be aware that your organization may not be awarded the full amount requested. Most LCCC past grant awards have not exceeded $1,000.
For details on how to apply and for more information, visit linnculture.org/our-grants.

Photo contest seeks entries

The Albany Visitors Association is sponsoring its 15th Annual Albany Photography Contest.
The purpose of this contest is to find images suitable for use in the coming year’s marketing materials for Albany and Linn County. Photographers will get photo credit whenever possible.
Many of the photos will be used in advertising and the official Albany Visitor Guide that is printed each year. There are 20,000 Albany Visitor Guides printed annually that are sent all over the country and the world. Images will also be used on the AVA website, social media platforms and print marketing.
The contest is open to photographers of all skill levels. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to winners in each of six categories Culinary, Events, Historic Albany, Landmarks, People and Scenic. A first-place prize will also be awarded in the Student category.
Deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11. Information, rules and release forms will be available online at albanyvisitors.com. To enter, email  [email protected].
For further information contact the Albany Visitors Association, 110 3rd Ave. SE, Albany, OR 97321, call (541) 928-0911, or email the above address.

Chamber to hold DSA banquet

The Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Services Awards  will be held Feb. 18 at Boulder Falls Events Center.
Tickets are $60 per person and will be available starting Jan. 18 at the chamber, 1040 Park St.
Individuals who have served the community in a wide variety of ways will be honored.
For more information, call (541) 258- 7164.

OSU announces winter career fair

Oregon State University has announced its slate for its Winter Term Career Fair series, with multiple events scheduled for February 2022.
The virtual Winter Civil and Construction Engineering Fair, which attracts some 70 employers in those fields, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14. Sign up for the event at https://bit.ly/3IbXjpv.
The Winter Career and Internship Fair for all industries will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Memorial Union ballroom on OSU’s Corvallis campus. This fair attracts over 100 employers looking to fill jobs and internships in STEM fields, liberal studies, social services, grad programs and business services. Register at bit.ly/31q1AF9.
The 2022 Nonprofit and Public Service Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, in the Memorial Union ballroom.
Attendees will meet representatives from more than 50 nonprofit and local government organizations representing a wide variety of fields who are seeking OSU volunteers, interns and employees. Sign up at bit.ly/3DsF6Aw.

All aboard for a Ladies Night Out

The Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Santiam, in conjunction with the Santiam Excursion Train, is sponsoring a Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 4.
Plans for the evening include shopping, silent purse action, drinks, dinner and music, all aboard the Santiam Excursion Train. The event is a fundraiser for girls served by the club.
Tickets are $50 per person. Capacity is limited. For more information or to book the trip, visit bit.ly/3nkWn9Y.